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Another long weekend is on the horizon! The great thing about these quick breaks is that you don’t need to wait until you have weeks of leave lined up to enjoy a holiday. In fact, some experts have said that shorter getaways often make for a smarter way to holiday. Whether you are able to get away for the long weekend, or not, we have put together some great activities that you and the family can enjoy on your doorstep! Enjoy.

Trout Fishing, Boating & Canoeing

Looking for activities in the Dargle? When you stay at Star Dam Estate there’s lots to do! Mountain biking and hiking trails, trout fishing (catch and release), horse riding, boating and canoeing.
Location: Star Dam Estate in the Dargle
Contact Details: Email reservations@stardam.co.za for rates and availability
Costs for staying guests only: Horse riding – R250 for a 90-minute ride; boat hire – R200 a day for a 4-seater, R250 a day for a 6-seater

Fun on the dam at Star Dam Estate

Kilgobbin Forest Walk

Enjoy exploring mistbelt forest and grassland areas with local resident Nikki Brighton on the first Thursday of every month.
Location: Meet at 9am at Crab Apple Chapel, D17 Road, Dargle, KZN
Costs: R50pp donation to Dargle Conservancy
Contact: Nikki on 083 473 3074

Horse Riding at Antbear Lodge

Antbear Lodge offers horse trails right on their eco farm near to Giants Castle which are particularly suited to beginners. They practice the gentler horse whispering methods to train their horses and go for slow outrides on the farm. The rides here are safe and slow still lots of experienced riders have enjoyed what we offer.
Location: Giants Castle
Cost: Special discounted deal at 50% off. Normal rates R350pp now R175pp
Contact: https://antbear.co.za or reservations@antbear.co.za

Horse |Riding at Antbear Lodge

Khulashanti Forest Walk

First Sunday of every month. Most ages welcome. A gentle stroll through the forest, tiny birds and duiker, giant Cassonia and Celtis greet you.
Location: Meet at Picklepot Cafe, 10 km from Boston village, 45km from Howick on the R617 (Underberg Road)
Cost: Donation to the forest rehabilitation.
Contact: Carol on 082 450 6792

Star-gazing Hammock Camp

Mlindeni Sitole will tell you his stories of the night skies. He has built a star gazing hammock camp for you to relax and observe the heavens and listen to the night sounds. He makes you feel like you have never seen the night sky before. The Milky Way arcs over you like a giant swathe of smoke – reminiscent of the African tale of its origins where a strong-willed girl who became so angry when her mother would not give her any of a delicious roasted root that she grabbed the roasting roots from the fire and threw the roots and ashes into the sky, where the red and white roots now glow as red and white stars, and the ashes are the Milky Way. This is a star gazing experience that is different. Sure he will point out some of the major constellations of the southern skies but its the traditional Zulu stories of myths and legends that really engage. About how the sky became so high and how the moon and the sun got into the sky. While this activity takes place at Antbear Lodge please pay Mlindeni directly it is his own enterprise.
Location : Giants Castle
Cost: Special discounted deal at 50% off. Normal rates R200 pp now R100pp
Contact: https://giants-castle.co.za/star-gazing-hammock-camp or mlindeni91@gmail.com

Star Gazing in comfort

Croquet Weekend

Join in the fun of a Croquet Weekend – hosted by Rajie Tudge – in the Drakensberg!
Location: The Nest Hotel
Cost: R900 per person sharing, per night. Includes dinner, breakfast and 2 teas daily
Contact: reservations@thenest.co.za or 036 468 1068

Zulu Home Stay, Hiking & Horse Riding

Emachibini Travel and Tours offers guided hikes, short walks with their horses as well as overnight stays to experience the Zulu way of life.
Costs: Guiding from one to three clients is R 1 600.00 a day. For more than three clients is R 400.00 per person per day.
Accommodation is R500.00 per person per day, including dinner and breakfast.
Horse riding is R 100.00 per person per hour.
Location: Mnweni area.
Contact: emachibinitraveltours2015@gmail.com or 073 603 9107

Amphitheatre & Tugela Falls Hike

Enjoy a day hike to the Drakensberg Escarpment to visit the highest waterfall in Africa!
Location: Amphitheatre Backpackers Lodge , Drakensberg
Contact: ilsa@smokingdragon.co.za or 0825512495
Cost: R850 per person ( includes transport, lunch, entry fees, guide’s fees, equipment)

Inhlosane Mountain Hike

The duration is 2-3 hours to the summit and back. Most ages should be able to do it! Fantastic views over the entire Dargle Valley, all the way to Midmar Dam, and parts of the Central Drakensberg as well.
Location: Park at Mount Park Guest Farm, Dargle
Cost: R50pp (includes refreshments afterwards)
Contact: www.mountpark.co.za

Bring it home and start ticking off your local bucket list with our amazing experiences, perfect for the whole family!

Rose Hall

roseh@n3gateway.com

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